Justice - ABC of civil society

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For many civil society organizations their primary goal is to seek justice for those people who they represent; whether it be the disabled, women or ordinary citizens seeking their political rights. Here we will look at why it is vital that everybody has access to the legal system and nobody be above the law.

Understanding how the justice system works

There is no benefit to be had simply by claiming that the laws and the justice system are unfair; as a civil society activist, you must learn how to make the law work for you.

Many people fail to achieve their rights and what is rightfully theirs, simply because they don’t know what their rights are.

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Knowledge is power - ABC of civil society

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The benefits of civil society for Bahrain and for you

If civil society organizations want to have an influence concerning the issues which are central to them, they have to establish themselves as a centre of expertise on this issue. This is important and beneficial for a number of reasons:

Respect

By demonstrating your knowledge and expertise, you can expect to be taken seriously and listened to. Many organizations have almost no budget and may not have thousands of supporters, but they can still earn themselves a key place in conferences and events, or convince officials and the media to listen to them if they demonstrate that they know what they are talking about and earn respect.

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Bahraini views on the growth of radicalization

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With the current state of regional and global affairs, the greatest challenge facing many countries is the growth of radicalization. During recent years, Bahrain and neighbouring countries witnessed terror attacks as a result of youth radicalization across different communities.

Many attacks led to casualties and to the fear that such acts could lead Bahrain into turmoil. A number of Bahrainis found to have connections with extremist groups like ISIS have faced criminal measures, including revocation of nationality.

Below is a sample of some of the views expressed to Citizens for Bahrain concerning radicalization in Bahrain; whether Bahrainis see a growth in radicalization; and what is the level of concern towards extremist behaviour in the country.

Most Bahrainis recognize radicalization as a threat within both Sunni and Shia communities and acknowledge the need for action to address this. Several people point out how easy it is to radicalize frustrated young people; noting the role of mosques, communities and families in cultivating radical attitudes:

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Lobbying - ABC of civil society

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The benefits of civil society for Bahrain and for you

What is lobbying?

Lobbying means persuading individuals or groups with decision-making power to support a position which you believe is right.

Lobbying means attempting to influence business and government leaders to create legislation or conduct an activity that will help a particular organizations further its own interest or inhibit those of opponents; or arguing an individual’s or organization’s point of view.

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